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November 16, 2006

Man charged with assault, arson threat



HANCOCK - A Hancock man is accused of forcing his girlfriend into an area where he had poured kerosene and then lighting a couple of matches, according to Washington County District Court records.

Chad Lee Golden, 32, of 114 Baptist Road, is charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, arson threat and attempting to burn property, according to a charging document.

Golden allegedly told police investigating a complaint of domestic violence on Tuesday about 9 a.m. he was too drunk to stand up. When asked about the odor of kerosene in his residence, Golden allegedly said he was trying to burn down the house, according to the document.

Police met with Golden's girlfriend in the 100 block of Fairview Drive in Hancock, according to the document. The victim alleged that Golden poured kerosene on the floor of their bedroom on Baptist Road, then allegedly grabbed her by the throat and forced her into the area. The victim told police Golden lighted a couple of matches while lying on top of her and threatened to kill her, according to the document.

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When police made contact with Golden on Baptist Road, he allegedly was lying on the kitchen floor smoking a cigarette with a blue plastic container marked "kerosene," according to the document.

Golden was in custody on Wednesday night at the Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said. At a bond review Wednesday, Golden's bond was ordered to remain as already set at $125,000, according to court records.




Taser used to subdue man, records say



A man who allegedly told police officers they would have to shoot him was subdued by a Taser during an arrest for assault, according to Washington County District Court records.

Randy Lee Embly, 36, of 19 Lehigh Ave. in Hagerstown, is charged with second-degree assault, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful order, according to a charging document.

Embly allegedly ran from police who responded to a domestic violence call on Oct. 26 at 6:50 a.m. in the 10200 block of Mar Rock Road. After he returned to his residence, Embly allegedly failed to comply with orders given by Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies, and he was subdued with a Taser, according to the document.

Embly was taken to Washington County Hospital after his arrest. He swallowed some pills with the intention of harming himself, according to the document.

The woman Embly allegedly assaulted suffered swollen lips, a cut to her nose and red marks around her neck, and she told police Embly allegedly had tried to hold her against her will in the house, according to the document.

Embly was in custody on Wednesday night at the Washington County Detention Center, a deputy said. According to court records, his bond was set at $65,000.

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